Lacombe teen injured while car surfing

The Lacombe Police Service is investigating the possibility that a 17-year-old was car surfing when he was injured on Friday night in a school yard parking lot in Lacombe.

The Lacombe Police Service is investigating the possibility that a 17-year-old was car surfing when he was injured on Friday night in a school yard parking lot in Lacombe.

Car surfing is when someone rides the top of a moving vehicle like they were surfing a wave, balancing while the car moves forward. The activity is illegal in Canada.

Lacombe police were called to the scene at 6 p.m. on Friday with reports that a 17-year-old male had fallen off a moving vehicle and injured himself.

Emergency services arrived and determined that the teenager was suffering from head and back injuries. STARS air ambulance was called and landed in the school yard, taking the injured teenager to Calgary Foothills Medical Centre.

Lacombe Composite High School principal Val Yaremchuk said as far as she knows the student injured did not attend Lacombe Composite High School and the incident did not take place in the parking lot at the school.

In April, Ottawa police charged a 17-year-old girl with dangerous driving in a suspected car surfing incident in a school parking lot in Ottawa. In the Ottawa incident, an 18-year-old male fell off and was pinned underneath the vehicle, suffering shoulder and hip injuries.

An 18-year-old woman was charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence in Quebec in August 2009, after her 17-year-old female friend fell off the back of a car in July 2009, later dying from her injuries.